01/23/2019
  • 11:35 am Updated news about Bladen County Election Investigations
  • 4:58 pm Bladen County business helping federal employees
  • 4:46 pm Elizabethtown murder case remains unsolved
  • 4:35 pm Health and Human Services Agency meeting needs 
  • 3:03 pm Tillis & King Lead Bipartisan, Bicameral Effort to Secure Seasonal Worker Relief in Funding Agreement
  • 2:50 pm Secret about Bladen County Early College
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This Day In History

1620 – The Mayflower departs Plymouth, England with 102 Pilgrims and about 30 crew for the New World. 1716 – 1st lighthouse built in north America (Boston). 1869 – 1st westbound train arrives in San Francisco. 1899 – Carnation processes its first can of evaporated milk. 1901 – US President William McKinley is shot by […]

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By Joy Warren Elizabethtown Town Council has adopted an ordinance regulating the operation of Golf Carts on public streets. The North Carolina General Statutes authorizes towns to regulate the operation of golf carts on any public street, road or highway where the speed limit is 25 MPH or less. The purpose of the ordinance shall […]

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ELIZABETHTOWN – East Bladen defeated West Columbus 2-0 Thursday in Three Rivers Conference jayvee volleyball action by game scores of 25-16 and 25-20. Freshman Kayleigh Raynor opened the match with 4 straight service points as the Lady Eagles built a 5-0 lead in the first game. Sophmore Abbie Cross reeled off 4 more service points […]

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ELIZABETHTOWN – East Bladen defeated Fairmont 2-0 Tuesday in Three Rivers Conference jayvee volleyball action by game scores of 25-14 and 25-22. Freshman Kayleigh Raynor staked the Lady Eagles to a quick 3-1 lead with 2 service points. After an exchange of side-outs, freshman Katie Evans and Lila McDuffie fired in 3 service points each […]

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DUBLIN – Whiteville defeated West Bladen 2-0 Tuesday in Three Rivers Conference jayvee volleyball action by game scores of 25-19 and 25-5. Freshman Taylor West slammed in 2 aces and a kill, and freshman Khadijah Jones hammered in 2 kills to lead the Lady Knights. Sophmore Jordan Benson fired in an ace and a service […]

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DUBLIN – Whiteville defeated West Bladen 3-0 Tuesday night in Three Rivers Conference volleyball action by game scores of 25-10, 25-6 and 25-11. Junior Raegan Davis pounded in 5 kills and a block to lead the Lady Knight attack. Senior Elizabeth Allbright slammed in 3 kills and a block, and sophmore Lexie Corrothers hammered in […]

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DUBLIN – West Bladen’s Lady Knights remained unbeaten Tuesday night with a 7-2 Three Rivers Conference women’s tennis victory over Whiteville Coach Mary Catherine White’s Lady Knights improved to 6-0 and will host West Columbus Thursday. Singles Whiteville #1 defeated Conner Brisson (WB) 6-1, 6-2 Savannah Lee (WB defeated Whiteville #2 7-6, 6-4 Whiteville #3 […]

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By: Charlotte Smith The Bladen County Board of Commissioners met Tuesday evening after the 2017 Labor Day holiday. The agenda was packed but the meeting ran quickly and smoothly. Three public hearings were held during the meeting with no one in attendance approaching the board of commissioners in reference to the hearings. The public hearings […]

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A moment of silence was held to honor the memory of the late William D. Neil and the late William Butler, at the Bladen County Board of Commissioners meeting on Tuesday, September 5th, 2017. Both men were former Commissioners of Bladen County, NC. Neil served as Bladen County Commissioner from 1994 until 2010 and Butler […]

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By Erin Smith The Elizabethtown Town Council met on Tuesday in the Council Chambers for their monthly noon work session and heard from Bridgett Williams with the W. K. Dickson Company regarding bids for the Airport Terminal project.  First, the board conducted a pinning ceremony for Elizabethtown Fire Department’s new Deputy Chief Anthony Norris. He was joined by his wife […]

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Staff report The SFSGA held their September 5 tourney Tuesday at Meadowlands Golf Course at the beach. Fifty-nine players participated with the winning team of Bill Turner, Bill Settlemeyer, Mike White and Bill Small shooting 54. The September 12 tourney will be held at Timberlake Golf Course at Clinton. Share:

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Bladen County residents are keeping a watchful eye on Hurricane Irma as she churns towards Florida. The storm is now a category 5 storm and is expected to hit the Leeward Islands today and the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico on Wednesday. The storm could potentially impact North and South Carolina, according to the National […]

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WASHINGTON – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09), who in June urged his colleagues to support legislation cracking down on “sanctuary cities,” had this response to President Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program: “Congress makes the law, and so President Trump is correct to ask Congress to fully review and act on the DACA […]

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Vineyard Golf

Staff report With play at an all time high at Vineyard Golf at White Lake there has been plenty of low scores recorded. Some senior players have posted some great rounds. Henry Warwick, age 81, recently shot a 79. David Cross, age 78, fired a four over 76. Other low scores recently were: Mac McClure […]

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Vineyard Golf

Staff report Fall golf activity continues with great play at Vineyard Golf at White Lake. Over the Labor Day weekend play started early in the morning and continued until sundown. The Thundering Herd Finale Tourney is scheduled for Saturday, September 9th, with a shotgun start at 2 p.m. The finale will be an 18 hole event with a […]

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By Erin Smith The Elizabethtown Town Council will meet tonight at 7 p.m. in the Council Chamber and is scheduled to conduct a public hearing regarding a proposed golf cart ordinance for the town. Following the public hearing, the board will consider whether or not to adopt the ordinance. The need for a golf cart […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) issued the following statement on the administration’s expected announcement to phase out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, and on his intention to introduce legislation addressing the legal status of undocumented children: “Immigration policy must be set through legislation, not executive orders. That was the fundamental […]

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By Erin Smith The Bladen County Board of Commissioners is scheduled to consider a five-year incentive grant worth $4.6 million for Smithfield Farmland Corporation at their meeting on Tuesday.  The board is scheduled to meet at 6:30 p.m. in the Commissioner’s meeting room in the basement of the Bladen County Courthouse.  You can read the […]

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Contributed Elizabethtown – Yvonka A. Martin of Baldwin Branch Missionary Baptist Church will deliver her initial sermon at Baldwin Branch on Sunday, September 17th,  at 5 p.m. Ms. Martin is the daughter of Evangelist Annie Smith and Baldwin Branch Trustee Chairman Walter Rhodie Sr.  She was born July 16, 1968, in Bladen County.  Yvonka graduated from East […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

A reminder of the dedication and open house of the new Bladen County Law Enforcement Center. It’s set for Friday, September 8, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.  If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Sheryl Young at 910-862-6961. Everyone is invited, but need to know how many. Congratulations to East and West Bladen High School football […]

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Photos by Kenneth Armstrong ELIZABETHTOWN – Senior Xavier Wooten rushed for 189 yards and 3 touchdowns to lead East Bladen to a 34-0 non-conference football victory over North Brunswick Monday night. Wooten carried the ball 24 times and scored on touchdown runs of 3, 48 and 7 yards. Senior fullback Xavia McDowell rushed 9 times […]

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DUBLIN – Senior B. J. Drake rushed for 184 yards, and sophmore Tyre Boykin and junior Kerron Washington scored second-half touchdowns to propel West Bladen to a 20-6 non-conference football victory over Midway Monday night. The game was suspended by lightning Friday night with the score tied 6-6 and 2:23 remaining in the first period. […]

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Contributed First Missionary Baptist Church of 501 Martin Street in Elizabethtown will be celebrating their annual Homecoming on Sunday, September 10, 2017, at 11 a.m. The Rev. Carl Smith and the Piney Grove Missionary Baptist Church family will be our special guests. You don’t want to miss this experience. We want to see your face in […]

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This Day In History

1836 – Sam Houston elected President of the Republic of Texas. 1862 – General Lee crossed Potomac & enters Maryland. 1879 – George Washington De Long, American Arctic Explorer, and commander on board the Jeannette, becomes trapped with his crew in pack ice during his attempt to reach the North Pole. 1882 – 10,000 workers […]

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Vineyard Golf

The Labor Day activity was overflowing at Vineyard Golf at White Lake. The golf course is in great shape and the fall in southeastern North Carolina is great for golf. If you would like to reserve a tee time call the pro shop at 910-247-6132. The Labor Day Tossup found the team of Stacy Owen, […]

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By: Charlotte Smith Bladen County Board of Commissioners decided to offer a settlement of $4 million dollars to prevent a court hearing on a wrongful conviction case on Thursday, August 31st, but not everyone is in agreement with the decision. Many community members have asked BladenOnline.com staff why a settlement was offered instead of taking […]

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National Weather Service

Bladen County residents will be keeping a watchful eye on Hurricane Irma as she churns her way through the Bahama Islands this week. According to National Weather Service Meteorologist Mark Bacon, the threat of Hurricane Irma making landfall in either North or South Carolina is decreasing.   Share:

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By Erin Smith With gas prices inching upward in Bladen County and surrounding areas, the Colonial Pipeline Company announced it could be as late as Tuesday before the pipeline which supplies gasoline and diesel fuel to the East coast resumes its normal operations. The company said on Sunday afternoon they are working to complete repairs […]

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By Erin Smith Labor Day weekend was a busy time in downtown Elizabethtown, but for one business owner, it was their first official holiday weekend in business. Priss Pots Gifts and More is located at 119 West Broad Street in Elizabethtown beside Faith Partners Christian Supply. Store owner, Christie Merritt, said the business offers services such as monogramming, […]

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By Erin Smith If you have not had a chance to make it out to the annual Labor Day Sidewalk Sale, there is still time. The Sidewalk Sale will be wrapping up on Monday. Merchants reported sales were strong and rain on Saturday morning did not dampen the spirits of those shopping. Bargain hunters were seen checking […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Would love to hear the merits of the Joseph Sledge case against Bladen County. County Commissioners awarded $4 million to an individual ruled to have been wrongly convicted of the murder of 2 local residents. After insurance, Bladen County government pays $900,000 to settle the case. While residents of Texas and Louisiana continue to clean up […]

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East Bladen High School

The Mini Campers who attended the East Bladen Summer Cheer Camp are invited to cheer with the East Bladen Varsity Cheerleaders at the Home Football game Monday night.  Mini Eagles will perform during halftime and should meet at the gate to go on the field near the end of the second quarter. Campers are to wear their […]

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Contributed The United Way of Bladen County Day of Caring will take place on Friday, November 3, 2017. On this day, the United Way of Bladen County will be partnering with the Bladen Baptist Association and the Bladen County Division of Aging to build ten wheelchair ramps and to provide gift bags to approximately 500 […]

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This Day In History

1807 – Robert Fulton begins operating his steamboat. 1833 – 1st newsboy hired (Barney Flaherty, 10 year old-NY Sun). 1862 – General Lee invades the North with 50,000 Confederate troops during US Civil war. 1882 – 1st large-scale test of Thomas Edison’s light bulb – lighting of NY’s Pearl Street Station. 1893 – English author […]

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  The sun has set on another summer season at White Lake.  The summer season was deemed a success by town officials as well as business owners. Share:

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Thoughts While Shaving

Continue to pray for the folks in Texas and Louisiana struggling to return to something ‘near normal’. Elizabethtown Sidewalk Sale has been drawing a huge crowd.  It continues Monday. BladenOnline.com numbers for the month of August were some of our best ever in our 9 1/2 years of business. Page views: 642,345 (3rd most in […]

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U.S. Congressman Robert Pittenger issued the following statement with regards to this morning’s North Korean Nuclear Test. “North Korea is far beyond a pestering menace. Through its ongoing provocation, it has emerged as an existential threat to the United States. America should use its full diplomatic, trade and economic measures to pressure China to fully engage North […]

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By Brenda Brown Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Fayetteville, NC We know the importance of “familia” in Hispanic culture, and we are proud to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 to Oct. 15) by helping build a secure future for you, your family, and your future family. You can learn more about how Social […]

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T. J. Smith who started at defensive end for Arkansas Saturday in the Razorbacks 49-7 victory over Florida A&M is the grandson of Bladenboro’s Eltroy Smith. T. J. Smith, a 6-3 290-pound sophmore, had 2 tackles in Saturday’s game. He helped lead Colquitt County to a 15-0 record and the Georgia Class 6A state title […]

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This Day In History

1777 – Flag of the United States flown in battle for the 1st time at Cooch’s Bridge, Delaware, a skirmish during American Revolutionary War. 1833 – New York Sun begins publishing (1st daily newspaper) 1891 – Cotton pickers organize union & stage strike in Texas. 1904 – St. Louis Olympics closes. 1916 – US President […]

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Contributed DUBLIN – Three mobile buildings from the Bladen Community College Dublin campus are now available for bids and purchase through the North Carolina State Surplus website. Each unit has 864 square feet of clean, carpeted, usable space. Units have working HVAC, are wired for electricity, have two doors and two windows, are well-lit with […]

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By: Charlotte Smith “Big enough to serve you and small enough to know you,” is one local drug store’s motto. Clarkton Drug celebrated 20 years in business on Saturday, September 2, 2017. Music, food, games and prizes are just some of the things the small town pharmacy offered the community to celebrate the store’s big anniversary. […]

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

The 1952 Clarkton High School graduating class held their 30th class reunion. Bladen County Clerk of Court Smithy Harris passes away at age 56. Carolina Woodcutters was damaged extensively by a lightning strike. Bladen County Hospital announced their operating budget would be $5.6 million. Share:

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Thoughts While Shaving

Stormy weather played havoc with many outdoor events yesterday and last night, including local high school football games as remnants of Hurricane Harvey came calling. The Midway at West Bladen match up was postponed early in the game, with the score tied at 6-6. Game to be resumed Monday at 7:30 PM. The North Brunswick […]

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Lauren Bowen, a Bladen County native, is playing volleyball at St. Mary’s School in Raleigh. Bowen fired in 4 service points Thursday as St. Mary’s opened their schedule against Durham Flight Homeschool. Durham Flight won 2-0 by game scores of 31-29 and 26-24. Share:

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A total of 14 players participated in the September 1 Tossup at Vineyard Golf At White Lake. Two teams tied for first place on the front side. The team of Stacy Owen, Jimmy Davis, Ann Tessenear, Charles DeVane, and Lenon Fisher tied the team of Mac Porter, Lloyd Hester, David Cross and Norgie Hester. Both […]

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Three Rivers Conference North Brunswick at East Bladen 7 p.m. Monday Midway at West Bladen Resume 7:30 Monday tied 6-6 South Columbus 20, Loris, SC 12 Sandhills 13, East Columbus 6 Wilmington Ashley at Fairmont Resume 2 p.m. Monday Other Area Results Wallace-Rose Hill 26, Havelock 21 Rocky Point Trask 20, South Brunswick 13 Wilmington […]

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DUBLIN – West Bladen and Midway battled to a 6-6 tie Friday night before lightning suspended their non-conference football game. The game will resume Monday night at West with 2:27 left in the first quarter. A 37-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Carson Calcutt to tight end Colby Pope capped a 66-yard, 6-play Raider drive with […]

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The North Carolina Department of Transportation has issued an updated listing of road closings. They are as follows: CLOSINGS: Coley Road Coley Road is closed in order to replace the bridge over Hammonds Creek. The bridge replacement project will take until late November/early December. A signed detour will be in effect to use Airport Road […]

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This Day In History

1789 – US Treasury Department established by Congress. 1798 – First bank robbery in the US: Bank of Pennsylvania robbed of $162,821 at Carpenter’s Hall, Philadelphia. 1864 – Union General William T. Sherman captures and burns Atlanta during US Civil War. 1897 – “McCall” magazine first published. 1901 – Theodore Roosevelt advises “Speak softly & carry […]

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RALEIGH — Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the conviction of Bradley McMillian, of 11163 Rennert Road, Shannon; he was charged and convicted with 44 counts each of obtaining property by false pretense and embezzlement. Department of Insurance criminal investigators accused McMillian of receiving $400,000 from consumers for mobile homes that were never delivered. Investigators alleged […]

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NC Wildlife Resources Commission

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has closed two dove fields on the Bladen Lake State Forest Game Land to hunting until further notice. The Commission closed the fields due to someone baiting the field prior to the dove season opening, which is illegal. The game land is located in Bladen County near Elizabethtown. The closed dove […]

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  Woodmen of the World representative Jeremy White is pictured presenting East Bladen with 3 United States flags for the East Bladen athletic facilities. Pictured receiving the flags for East Bladen is Athletic Director Patty Evers and Principal Jason Wray. “Thank you Woodmen of the World for all that you do to support Bladen County […]

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Upcoming Events

By: Dora Brogdon This weekend on Saturday the Bladenboro Visual Arts Council is pleased to have Ed Harris exhibit his work at the Bladenboro Art Gallery in Bladenboro Historical Society Building. The exhibit will be available from September 2nd to October 1st.   On September 9th, Ed Harris and his wife, Elizabeth, will be talking to visitors from 12 noon […]

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By Erin Smith Clarkton Drug is celebrating 20 years in business on Saturday. The 20th anniversary celebration will take place at Clarkton Drug Store located at 80 East Green Street in Clarkton from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. There will be give aways, free hot dogs, drinks and chips. There will be a raffle for […]

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Contributed The Columbus County Board of Commissioners have requested permission from Secretary Mandy Cohen of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to leave Eastpointe and join Trillium Health Resources. North Carolina law allows counties choose which Local Management Entity/Managed Care Organization (LME/MCO) manages mental health, developmental disabilities and substance abuse services […]

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The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for Bladen County. The watch is in effect until 10 p.m. tonight.  A tornado watch means conditions are favorable for the development of tornadoes in and close to the watch area. Check BladenOnline.com for any warnings that may issued.  Share:

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Robeson County man says his family and Monarch’s crisis facility helped him find the road to recovery On Monday, Aug. 28, approximately 50 community members, elected officials, representatives from the hospital, social services, school system, and Eastpointe, the region’s managed care organization (MCO), gathered at Monarch’s Facility-Based Crisis (FBC) center, 207 W. 29th St., Lumberton, […]

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By Mike Walden My wife is part of a shrinking group of people. She is low-tech! Yes, she has a smart phone and a tablet – complements of me – but she reluctantly uses them. Many days she forgets to turn them on, and even if they’re on, she’ll forget to check for messages. Rather […]

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By: Dora Brogdon September has arrived. To start the month off, a three year old male pit mix, named Oatmeal, was dubbed Pet of the Week. He’s a very friendly dog that also gets along with other dogs. Oatmeal absolutely loves giving hugs according to the local shelter staff! He even likes kids and will […]

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Friday, September 1, marks the beginning of National Preparedness Month (NPM) 2017. This year’s theme is Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can. In addition to the overarching theme for the month, each week has a theme highlighting different preparedness actions. The focus for the first week of NPM, September 1-9, is, Make a Plan for Yourself, […]

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Contributed The weather is holding out at White Lake for the community to help raise funds for the future home of White Lake Christian Camp, Retreat Center and Lake Church. Lasley’s Motel, a staple of White Lake has been sold and under new ownership. A new vision for one of the tourists’ favorite spots at […]

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By:Tim Armstrong, Meteorologist & Climate Program Leader National Weather Service Wilmington, NC The first day of September has risks of stormy weather in Bladen County according to Timothy Armstrong with the NOAA. The Storm Prediction Center is forecasting a slight risk of severe thunderstorms later today as a front stalls across southern North Carolina.  Of particular […]

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By Erin Smith Governor Roy Cooper has enacted North Carolina’s Price Gouging Law in the wake of the devastation caused in Texas and Louisiana by Hurricane Harvey. The storm has left refineries and pipelines in and around Houston, Texas closed until damage can be assessed and any repairs made. This is having an impact on […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Not sure I remember a time when there was more headline news….Hurricane Harry in Texas, North Korea, gas prices, Hurricane Irma, Healthcare discussions, Tax Reform, Contaminants in Cape Fear River, Mountain to Sea Trail, and on and on. I know my list is incomplete, but action last night by the Bladen County Board of Commissioners […]

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1752 – Liberty Bell arrives in Philadelphia. 1799 – Bank of Manhattan Company opens in NYC (forerunner to Chase Manhattan) 1807 – Aaron Burr acquitted of charges of plotting to set up an empire. 1862 – Federal tax levied on tobacco. 1878 – 1st female telephone operator starts work (Emma Nutt in Boston) 1902 – […]

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Atlantic Telephone in Shallotte featured West Bladen’s 39-36 win over South Brunswick as their Game of the Week last week. Victoria Bellamy, the Public Relations Coordinator at ATMC has shared the YouTube link to this game with bladenonline for us to share with West Bladen fans. The Link to the game: https://youtu.be/rwfuj_2eVBs Share:

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ROWLAND – South Robeson defeated West Bladen 2-1 Thursday in Three Rivers Conference jayvee volleyball action by game scores of 25-22, 11-25 and 15-10. Sophmore Jordan Benson blasted in 5 aces and 4 kills to lead the West Bladen attack. Freshman Taylor West fired in 5 aces and 2 kills. Freshman Khadijah Jones hammered in […]

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ROWLAND – South Robeson defeated West Bladen 3-1 Thursday night in Three Rivers Conference volleyball action by game scores of 25-22, 21-25, 25-14 and 25-23. Junior Raegan Davis drilled in 10 aces, 5 kills and 2 service points to lead the Lady Knights. Senior Patience Parker filled up the stat sheet with 3 blocks, 3 […]

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PEMBROKE – East Bladen grad Farrell Murchison rushed for 32 yards and a touchdown Thursday as his Winston-Salem State Rams opened their football season with a 34-31 victory over UNC-Pembroke. Murchison capped WSSU’s second touchdown drive with consecutive runs of 9 yards, one yard and then 3 yards for his touchdown that stretched the Ram […]

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Photos by Kenneth Armstrong ELIZABETHTOWN – East Bladen’s Lady Eagles posted their first win of the season Thursday night with a 3-0 victory over West Columbus by game scores of 25-18, 25-14 and 25-17. The Lady Eagles served 92 percent as a team in the match. Senior Hannah Devane hammered in 9 kills and led […]

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ROWLAND – West Bladen ran their unbeaten string to 5 in a row Thursday with a 9-0 Three Rivers Conference women’s tennis victory over South Robeson. Coach Mary Catherine White’s Lady Knights improved to 5-0 and will host Whiteville Tuesday. Singles Conner Brisson (WB) defeated South Robeson #1 8-1 Helen Lopez (WB) defeated South Robeson […]

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